Daniel Dercksen

Trainer and Educator at The Writing Studio
Location:Cape Town, South Africa


As a freelance film and theatre journalist for more than 30 years, published playwright and creator of the independent training initiative The Writing Studio, Daniel Dercksen received the number one spot for most popular lifestyle contributor for 2012, 2014 and 2015, and 2nd spot in 2016 on Bizcommunity.com.
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#OnTheBigScreen: Scandal, stalkers, sex and live theatre

Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House, The Strangers: Prey at Night, Early Man, Blockers and Julius Caesar open at local cinemas this week.

By Daniel Dercksen 19 Apr 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: Monsters, monstrous deeds, and magic

It's Friday the 13th this week and there are some scary monsters unleashed on the big screen; Colossal, Rampage, Roman J. Israel, Esq. and Here Comes The Grump open at local cinemas this week.

By Daniel Dercksen 13 Apr 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: A local western, romance, terrorism and monsters

A Quiet Place, Five Fingers For Marseilles, Hampstead, Midnight Sun, 7 Days In Entebbe and Semiramide open at local cinemas this week.

By Daniel Dercksen 6 Apr 2018

Five Fingers for Marseilles - A contemporary South African western

Five Fingers for Marseilles fuses western influences, from classic to spaghetti and revisionist eras, into a contemporary South African drama written by Sean Drummond and directed by Michael Matthews.

By Daniel Dercksen 5 Apr 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: A road movie, VR, a chick flick, and live theatre

The Leisure Seeker, Winchester, Susters, Ready Player One, Peter Rabbit, Acrimony and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof release at local cinemas this week.

By Daniel Dercksen 29 Mar 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: Film stars, crooks, apostles and monsters

Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool, Gringo , Paul, Apostle Of Christ and Pacific Rim Uprising open at local cinemas this week.

By Daniel Dercksen 22 Mar 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: Family rules, action & Winnie the Pooh

Meerkat Maantuig, Marrowbone, Tomb Raider and Goodbye Christopher Robin open at cinemas this week.

By Daniel Dercksen 15 Mar 2018

Q&A with Meerkat Maantuig writer/director Hanneke Schutte

Meerkat Maantuig is inspired by the youth novella, Blinde Sambok, by renowned South African author Riana Scheepers...

By Daniel Dercksen 14 Mar 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: Romance, Revenge and Dystopia

This week, five new films and an opera releasing: the local comedy drama Catching Feelings, Clint Eastwood's heist drama, 15:17 To Paris, the revenge thriller, Death Wish, the sci-fi adventure, Downsizing, the captivating human drama, Final Portrait, and South Africa's very own Pretty Yende debuts a new role at the Met in the opera, L'Elisir d'Amore.

By Daniel Dercksen 8 Mar 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: Faith, fashion and Bolshoi Ballet

The Roar, Phantom Thread, Red Sparrow, Gnome Alone, Game Night and Bolshoi Ballet's Romeo and Juliet open at local cinemas this week.

By Daniel Dercksen 2 Mar 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: Desire, revenge and redemption

Call Me By Your Name, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Lady Bird, Loving Vincent, 24 Hours To Live and the Met Opera's Tosca open at cinemas this week.

By Daniel Dercksen 23 Feb 2018

American action film 24 Hours To Live shot in Cape Town

Although the high octane action film 24 Hours To Live was originally set in Washington D.C, the film took on another persona when filmmakers decided to shoot it in Cape Town.

By Daniel Dercksen 22 Feb 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: Superheroes, scandals and showgirls

New film releases this week are: the local film Raaiselkind; Marvel's Black Panther; I, Tonya; All The Money In The World; and the live broadcast of the West End sensation Follies.

By Daniel Dercksen 15 Feb 2018

Q&A with Raaiselkind screenwriter Pieter Esterhuizen

The powerful South African film Raaiselkind explores the unrelenting burden of autism on an average, loving family and shows the disintegration of the family as a result. It drives home the inescapable truth that society can be cruelly indifferent to whatever it perceives to be aberrant.

By Daniel Dercksen 14 Feb 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: Soldiers, Con Men and Explorers

The Disaster Artist, 12 Strong, Fifty Shades Freed, Just Getting Started, Tad, The Lost Explorer, and the secret of King Midas and Human Flow open at local cinemas this week.

By Daniel Dercksen 9 Feb 2018

The Wound boldly explores tradition and sexuality

"The Wound was born out of a desire to push back against clich├ęd stereotypes of black masculinity perpetuated inside and outside of African cinema," says writer-director John Trengrove...

By Daniel Dercksen 5 Feb 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: Churchill, Xhosa rites and outlaws

Darkest Hour, Inxeba (The Wound) and Den of Thieves open at SA cinemas this week.

By Daniel Dercksen 2 Feb 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: Monsters, mobsters and maze runners

The Post is a political thriller about the power of the truth; action reaches new heights in the third and final segment of The Maze Runner series Maze Runner: The Death Cure...

By Daniel Dercksen 25 Jan 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: Monsters, love, and courage

A lonely lab assistant becomes the object of affection of a scaled creature that lives in a water tank in the masterful The Shape Of Water; a woman's love transcends her husband's disability in the excellent Breathe; a former Marine corporal wants to reunite with her canine partner in the heartbreaking true story Megan Leavey; and a psychic unleashes hell in Insidious: The Last Key.

By Daniel Dercksen 19 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: 15 big screen trends

Daniel Dercksen gives his top 15 international and local big screen film trends for the year ahead.

By Daniel Dercksen 15 Jan 2018

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